SAF Jy’Vonte McClendon (6-2 180) of Lakeland, FL has been cut from the USC commitment class after his arrest on felony charges related to a road rage incident last month. The arrest was first reported by Ben Portnoy of The State. McClendon was arrested November 28th and charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle, and with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill. He was released from jail on December 1st. McClendon took his official visit to USC the weekend of June 11th and committed on the 13th. He chose the Gamecocks over Miami, and also had offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Georgia Tech.
CB Daylen Everette of Norfolk and IMG Academy decommitted from Clemson, third decommitment for the Tigers this week.
USC head coach Shane Beamer made an in-home visit Thursday night with RB Ramon Brown of Midlothian, VA. Brown has been committed to Virginia Tech and had his in-home visit with the Hokies on Tuesday. West Virginia also was in the home on Thursday night. Brown tweeted pictures of all three in-home visits confirming they took place. Beamer Thursday also was scheduled for an in-home or school visit with DE Jaishawn Barham of Baltimore. There’s been no visual confirmation of the visit. Barham is announcing on Saturday afternoon with the Gamecocks, Maryland, Oklahoma and Penn State his finalists. Maryland head coach Michael Locksley also was scheduled to visit Barham Thursday.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and assistants, including Mike Reed, Wes Goodwin. Todd Bates and Mickey Conn made their in-home visit with committed DB Sherrod Covil in Chesapeake, VA. Covil remains locked in with his Clemson commitment. Earlier Thursday the Tigers lost their second commitment of the week in DE Jihaad Campbell of New Jersey and IMG Academy. Earlier SAF Keon Sabb of New Jersey and IMG Academy decommitted. Both were recruited by former Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
USC is one of the schools to contact OT Mason Brooks (6-6 305), who is transferring from Western Kentucky, according to 247Sports. Brooks was a two-time first team All C-USA selection. It’s also been reported that USC contacted former Florida commitment Jayden Gibson of Winter Garden, FL. He plans to visit Oklahoma this weekend.
USC commitment WR Landon Samson of Southlake, TX was offered by TCU.
WR Kaleb Webb of Powder Springs, GA, who is a former ECU commitment and has an offer from USC, will announce Friday with Tennessee, Michigan and Louisville the finalists.
USC target LB Stone Blanton of Madison, MS had his in-home visit with Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett Thursday night. USC coaches were in the home earlier this week. He’s deciding anytime now from USC, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Blanton had considered taking a visit to one of his three favorites this weekend but said Thursday night he won’t travel anywhere this weekend. He could go to Wednesday before announcing a decision.
USC coaches were by New Bern, NC Friday to check on 2023 DT Keith Sampson.
Clemson 2023 target LB Troy Bowles of Tampa was offered by Oklahoma.
Coastal Carolina offered FIU transfer WR Tyrese Chambers.
2024 LB Andrew Hines (6-1 205) of Atlanta was offered by USC.
USC offered 2025 CB Braxton Winston III of Charlotte.
DB EJ Evett of Seneca tweeted that he’s taking an official visit to Weber State this weekend.